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Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Reserve (de la Comtesse) Pauillac 2018

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Reserve (de la Comtesse) Pauillac 2018

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Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Réserve de la Comtesse 2018: Pauillac Finesse & Sumptuous Power

Introduction

Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande enjoys an iconic status among Bordeaux lovers. Renowned for its elegant, full-bodied wines, the estate's second label, Réserve de la Comtesse, captures the same spirit of Pauillac refinement. The 2018 vintage, in particular, showcases a brilliant balance of power and finesse, promising a delightful drinking experience now and for years to come.

Tasting Notes

  • Appearance: A deep ruby-garnet core shimmers in the glass, hinting at the wine's density and depth.
  • Nose: Alluring aromas of cassis, blackberry, and ripe plum intertwine with classic Pauillac notes of cedarwood, cigar box, and a subtle hint of graphite. Nuances of violet and spice add further layers of complexity.
  • Palate: The palate delivers a velvety texture, revealing a concentrated core of black fruits perfectly supported by fine-grained tannins. There's a delightful marriage of power and elegance, with notes of liquorice, tobacco, and a touch of minerality emerging on the mid-palate. The finish is long and lingering, marked by exquisite freshness and a beautiful aromatic echo.

Food Pairing Suggestions

The richness and structure of the Reserve de la Comtesse 2018 call for equally luxurious dishes:

  • Classic Roast: A perfectly roasted rack of lamb with rosemary and garlic would be a magnificent match.
  • Hearty Stews: Pair with a slow-cooked beef bourguignon or venison stew for the ultimate cold-weather indulgence.
  • Rich Game: The wine's tannins and acidity beautifully complement the strong flavours of duck confit or roasted pheasant.
  • Aged Cheeses: Enjoy with mature Cheddar, Comte, or Gouda for a classic pairing.

Why the 2018 Vintage is Special

2018 was a superb year in Bordeaux, with warm weather and ample sunshine offering ideal ripening conditions. This vintage displays exceptional concentration, ripe fruit flavours, and well-integrated tannins, promising fantastic cellaring potential while already being approachable.

 

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